16 Black Actors Who Broke Barriers & Won Major Awards (PHOTOS)

Hollywood has been making movies for more than a century and television shows for more than 70 years, but opportunities for diverse actors and actresses in either medium has been slow in coming (see Viola Davis's recent achievement as the first black woman ever to win a best actress Emmy).

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But that doesn't lessen their talent or achievement in any way. Here are 16 black actors who have broken barriers and blazed trails in entertainment, inspiring others who have followed them onto screens big and small.

 

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